LAHRC is committed to keep our members informed about the recent outbreak of the corona-virus (COVID-19). It is more important than ever to stay connected with our people in our community. This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone in the world. We hope that you’re staying safe and sound.
Support is available for LGBTIQ Victorians facing hardship.
Below find links to information related to resources and links to services
LAHRC se compromete a mantener informados a nuestros miembros sobre el reciente brote del coronavirus (COVID-19). Es más importante que nunca estar conectado con nuestra gente en nuestra comunidad. Este es un momento increíblemente difícil para todos en el mundo. Esperamos que todos este bien.
El apoyo está disponible para las personas LGBTIQ residentes en Victoria que enfrentan dificultades. A continuación, encontrará enlaces a información relacionada con recursos y enlaces a servicios.
O LAHRC está empenhado em manter nossos membros informados sobre o recente surto de coronavírus (COVID-19). É mais importante do que nunca estar conectado com nosso pessoal em nossa comunidade. Este é um momento extremamente difícil para todos no mundo. Esperamos que todos estejam bem.
O suporte está disponível para LGBTIQ vitorianos que enfrentam dificuldades.
Abaixo, você encontra links para informações relacionadas a recursos e links para serviços.
Support for LGBTIQ Victorians
We understand that many people across Victoria have lost work or have had their hours reduced due to the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Victorian Government is providing financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes a worker support payment and hardship payment for people required to self-isolate or quarantine, emergency food relief and an emergency rent relief grant.
For information on the range of financial support available see:
- Victorian Government information: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/financial-support-coronavirus-covid-19#extreme-hardship-support-program.
- Commonwealth Government information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
Mental Health in times of Covid-19
We know that many people, including those who identify as LGBTIQ, are experiencing mental health challenges at this time.
For advice on looking after your mental health during the pandemic and a list of support services, including LGBTIQ-specific support services, see:
- Victorian Government information: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mental-health-resources-coronavirus-covid-19
- Commonwealth Government information: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/ongoing-support-during-coronavirus-covid-19/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions.
The Commonwealth Government is providing an extra 10 Medicare-subsidised psychological therapy sessions for Victorians affected by the second wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
For the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website [dhhs.vic.gov.au]dhhs.vic.gov.au or contact the dedicated coronavirus hotline 24/7 on 1800 675 398.
This page describes practical psychological skills to help you and your loved ones cope with anxiety and worry about infectious diseases https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support
Looking after you mental health during COVID-19 https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
10 psychological tips for coping with COVID-19 https://mindspot.org.au/assets/pdf/10_Tips_for_Coping_with_Infectious_Diseases.pdf
Together, we can ensure people in LGBTIQ communities are aware of available resources and supports during this difficult time. Stay safe.
LGBTIQ Visa holders and International Students
For those people ineligible for income support
The Victorian Government is offering relief payments to international students, which can be found at: https://www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/news-updates/international-student-emergency-relief-fund
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (03 9326 6066) and the Australian Red Cross (www.redcross.org.au) may be able to provide basic needs and assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and other temporary visa holders experiencing extreme hardship.
Importantly, the coronavirus (COVID-19) test is free for everyone in Victoria. This includes people without a Medicare card, such as visitors from overseas, migrant workers and asylum seekers.
Anyone who is legally allowed to work in Australia is also eligible to participate in the Working for Victoria initiative, which helps job-seekers find work and access online training, and helps employers quickly find workers with the skills and experience they need. For more information, please see: https://www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria
LGBTIQ organisations providing support
Ask Izzy App
Study Melbourne community support and food relief. Advice to help you find support in the community.